Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thank You!


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you friends!

I am overwhelmed by the success of Small Business Saturday and the weeks that followed it. We pledged to give away 20 free SBS tote bags to our first 20 orders starting on Small Business Saturday and we did - quickly!! Many of the orders were to local friends throughout the state of North Carolina - which I love even more. 


In addition to our busy Etsy Shop, our Facebook page is slowly inching its way to 2500 likes! Eeeek! How did that happen so fast? We are brainstorming on what to do to celebrate the milestone -- another Ugly Furniture Contest? A discount on custom orders? Or A Share it and Win it for a headboard? We could even do a gift certificate to our Etsy Shop. Any ideas? We want to hear from you -- so message us, email us or FB us and let us know! 

www.facebook.com/AgainstTheGrainFurniture
www.Etsy.com/shop/AgainstTheGrain1 
againstthegraindesigns@yahoo.com 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 Recap

So. Much. Turkey. 
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays - a whole day spent with family, eating and watching football. Love it! We had a fairly quiet Thanksgiving this year. Nick was out of town, my brother spent the holiday with his girlfriend in GA and none of our extended family felt like traveling. So, Reid, Puppy Palin and I spent a long weekend with my parents in Cary. We took long walks, enjoyed the fall weather, cooked and baked all day - oh, and ate -- lots! My dad smoked some chicken, turkey and salmon to go with all of the traditional Thanksgiving fixin's - green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce, roast root veggies, potatoes, and apple pie! 





The day after Thanksgiving we drove up to see my grandparents in Charlotte. So we had yet another amazing Thanksgiving meal - but more importantly Reid got to spend some quality time with his Greats! 




Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! 





Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Small Business Saturday 2014

We are super excited to be a part of American Express's 4th annual Small Business Saturday. The event was started in 2010 with the goal of bringing more customers to small businesses around the country. Its held the Saturday after Thanksgiving which is perfect since everyone will already be out shopping anyways!  If you're like me battling the crowds and long lines does not appeal to me in or my 1 year old, so I take advantage of the online deals. Thanks to all this fancy technology we have, you can shop small and shop online with Etsy! Here's the link to our Etsy Shop - www.etsy.com/shop/AgainsttheGrain1.








We don't have our own store front (yet!) but we are still happy to participate and plan to do lots of small business shopping for ourselves! We'll be including a free "Shop Small" tote bag - as seen above - to our next 20 customers on Etsy. Just a little thank you for shopping small with us! 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NEW Headboard with Wood Bed Frame

Whoo Woo! We've added a new style bed in our ATG Originals. 

Just like our complete bed, this option eliminates the need for the metal bed frame but its a complete wood bed frame without a footboard. These look amazing - similar to the look of a platform bed, but with access to that much needed under the bed storage space. 

These can be made to fit any size mattress and like all of our pieces, we'll stain or paint it the color of your choice.


This is one we recently built for a client, stained Early American. 











This bed starts at $275 for a twin and goes up to $350 for a king. Again, pricing includes staining the color of your choice! You can email us at againstthegraindesigns@yahoo.com or FB message us with questions or to place your order! 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Treasure Hunting: Aberdeen, NC Habitat ReStore

Happy Hump Day Friends! I've had a crazy busy week wrapping up what feels like a gazillion orders and adjusting to our family's new normal with my husband gone to some training for work. Somehow in the middle of it all I managed a trip to my local (well, semi local. Its about 40 minutes away). Habitat Restore. Do you have one of these in your area? My parents have a fantastic one in Cary, NC but this was my first time to the Aberdeen, NC location. 

Here are just a few of the goodies I spotted: 
So many things you can do with these shutters! We've used them to make headboards, wall dividers and used them for the side of a bookcase. So much potential!

$10 for this leather office chair! Such a steal and in great condition. When buying furniture at a thrift store be sure to check all of the upholstery or leather for tears and rips. Real leather pieces will be marked on the underside of the seat. The leather on this chair was in excellent condition but it was missing a few pieces of the nail trim hardware along the front but thats an easy fix. Don't forget the chair can be painted so don't walk away just because its an ugly color. Do walk away if the upholstery is in bad condition! That can be a difficult and expensive fix. 

I love funky shaped mirrors. These would have been perfect to repurpose into chalkboards.

So many glasses. I was able to snag a few pint sized mason jars for $0.25 each. Score!

I loved these bathroom vanity drawers. They'd be perfect to use on a custom built desk! Gawdy, gold hardware is an easy fix so don't let that turn you off. You have to learn to look past the ugly and see the potential. 

So. much. tile. 

Unlike other Restores I've been to, this one had a decent amount of quality furniture!

Anyone need a door? These were mainly storm doors and hollow interior doors but every once and a while you can find solid wood doors - snag them if you can! They are adorable repurposed into headboards or corner shelving units. 

Anyone play golf? 

So, what'd I go home with? Two small, funky shaped mirrors, some super cheap mason jars and a few shutters that I plan to repurpose into a headboard. Not a bad haul -- especially for $21.00!

If you have a Habitat Restore in your area and haven't checked it out- I highly recommend them! Not only is it packed with quality items but your purchase helps to fund your local Habitat for Humanity. Don't you love shopping for a good cause? We'd love to see your Restore finds and revamps!

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 


Monday, November 17, 2014

ATG Originals: Rolling Bar Cart

We recently had a customer come to us wanting a rolling bar cart. He had just purchased his first home and was looking for some type of moveable storage cart to keep his man cave essentials (poker chips, glasses, booze, etc). I am so excited about what we came up with - its the perfect mixture of industrial and rustic. We liked it so much we've added it to our ATG Originals! Keep in mind, we can customize the size and stain color of the shelves to fit your space!

Here it is unfinished: 

This cart was stained using Dark Walnut stain. 


Gotta have the added bottle opener!





Now its all settled in it's new home looking fab! You can find dimensions, additional pictures and pricing on our FB page in the photo album called "ATG Originals." Feel free to send us an email or FB message to start your order!! 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Find us at Southern Grace Market in Vass, NC

Ok local friends - have you been to The Southern Grace Market in Vass yet? Its brand spanking new -- only been open a month or two. Its an adorable shop in a cute little log cabin right downtown. They have oodles (yes, oodles) of handmade gifts, produce, local honey, fudge and flowers! Even more reason - we have some of our signs for sale there!! 


Here are some of our signs around the store: 





And she has so much more -- 





Gotta check this place out! Be sure to tell them that Against the Grain sent you. 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Treasure Hunting: Cameron Antique Fair

The first weekend of October the city of Cameron hosted its annual Antique Fair. This is a biannual event with vendors and booths lining the streets of downtown Cameron and its one of the only weekend the stores are open on Sunday. I will tell you I was a little skeptical of this event. We had several people tell us we should get a booth but we procrastinated and it just never happened. I am KICKING myself for not being a part of this amazing event. We will absolutely be involved next year! 

Here's a peak: 

So many dressers... and all reasonably priced. The black, lightly distressed chest on chest was $175. I know, I'm crazy for not taking it home. I've been dreaming about that dresser since I passed on it. I hate when that happens!   


These were made out of pallets. How ironic that the A & T were right next to each other - I thought it was a sign {those are my initials}! I would have taken both home but they weighed about 50# each. What do you do with a gigantic 50# A?






We were able to do some serious shopping thanks to nap time!


LOVE these hand panted flags in hand made frames!








If you're local, be sure to keep your ear out for the soon to be released 2015 dates and check out Downtown Cameron's Christmas Open House on November 22nd and 23rd. If its anything like the Fall Antique Fair, it can't be missed! 

Can't wait to see yall in our booth next year! 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley